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"It's not a world of spies any more. Not even a world of heroes. This is the age of miracles, Doctor. There's nothing more horrifying than a miracle."
13-year-old Gert Yorkes walks downstairs at home and accidentally discovers her mother, Stacey, working on a prototype Deinonychus. Stacey uses the Synnergy Serum to erase her memory of the event, but it causes Gert to develop anxiety.
Carl Lucas watches TV in the lounge area of Seagate Prison. Reva Connors calls him to meet her in the other room for a quiet talk on their own. Shocked by all his cuts and bruises, Connors mentions that he has not been to the group in months, but he responds that plans have changed. Lucas notices that Noah Burstein is watching them and asks Connors about him, but she asks if he would like to talk about something. Lucas refuses, saying that if he speaks, something bad will happen to her.
Connors leaves him, but Lucas notices that Shades approaches her. Rackham approaches behind and taunts him, causing Lucas to grab him by the scruff of the neck and violently slam him against the wall in rage. However, Rackham threatens that he now has another person to bargain with other than Squabbles. Fearing for the life of his friends, Lucas lets him go.
Lucas comes up to Squabbles and tells him of the plan to expose Rackham. Squabbles agrees to the plan, but as Lucas leaves, Squabbles is approached by two of Rackham's men and is killed. A few minutes later, Lucas goes into his cell and is attacked by Shades and Comanche, who are not happy about his decision to expose the arena.
Reva Connors visits Lucas and reveals to him that Squabbles is dead, and that he could end up the same way. She begs to Burstein to put Lucas under the experiment to save him; Burstein refuses, stating that he would probably die from the experience, but Connors demands that he do it for her. He reluctantly agrees, asking Connors to take a trip home. He then goes up to Lucas, informing him that this is going to be a different treatment.
The Dogs of Hell, led by Rooster, begin a string of robberies to appease Lorelei.
Burstein puts Lucas in a tank, injects his shoulder with a syringe, and attaches two cuffs, a tiara, and a breathing tube. He closes the tank and goes to his computer, starting the procedure and filling the tank with clear liquid.
As he begins scanning Lucas, Albert Rackham rushes in, demanding the whereabouts of Lucas. Burstein tries to stop him, but Rackham points a gun at him and threatens to kill Lucas for ratting him out. He turns up the heat in the tan and overloads it, causing the lights in the room to burst into sparks. Submersed in the boiling liquid, Lucas screams in pain as his injuries turn purple and then vanish. Rackham attempts to murder Lucas, but the tank explodes, killing him instead. Lucas comes out of the ruins of the tank, fully healed. The alarms goes off and in frustration for having no way out, Lucas hits the wall, causing it to crack severely, without any harm to himself.
He discovers his strength has been enhanced, and proceeds to punch a hole in the wall in order to escape from Seagate Prison. Lucas finally reaches land, ending up in someone's back yard, where he notices the owner's laundry drying.
Cage takes the shirt and pants, then goes to the nearest phone booth and calls Connors.
Lucas meets with Reva Connors at the nearest motel. After spending some hours together, Connors deletes any records of Lucas and asks him to create a new name for himself; he chooses "Luke Cage". Cage and Connors share a kiss.
After relaying information about Lorelei to them, Sif allies with the team to capture her. Phil Coulson asks Sif about what other extraterrestrial races she has encountered, hoping to discover what alien G.H. is.
Lorelei enthralls the local law enforcement to act as her protection, and is tracked to Rosie's Desert Oasis by S.H.I.E.L.D. The enthralled distract both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sif away from Lorelei, who enthralls Grant Ward to aid in her getaway.
Lorelei and Ward arrive in Las Vegas, where she and Ward have sex after discussing plans for Lorelei's takeover.
Reva Connors returns home to Harlem with Luke Cage. She visits Pop with him, and Pop is happy to not ask questions.
Sif and Coulson track Lorelei to Vegas, but find that she and Ward have already escaped.
In order to rid themselves of Sif and S.H.I.E.L.D., Lorelei and Ward infiltrate the Bus by enthralling Leo Fitz, who detains Skye, Jemma Simmons, and Sif, even attempting to eject Sif from the plane. Coulson, pretending to be under Lorelei's thrall, releases Skye and Simmons and incapacitates Fitz. May fights with the enthralled Ward, while Sif manages to get back onto the Bus and duels Lorelei. Sif manages to overpower Lorelei and places the Asgardian Collar around her, silencing her. The enthralled are released from Lorelei's control almost instantly.
Agent Mark Smith goes to the gym so he can take his anger out on a punching bag. When he finishes and goes to the locker room for his duffel bag, he discovers a paper inside simply saying "Hangar SFC-5".
Nicholas Cooper discovers during a lunch break that the connection between the Scepter and the Tesseract is much simpler than he originally thought. But just as he makes the discovery, his former colleague, Mark Smith, shoots and kills him.
In Sokovia, a massive riot for justice breaks out, putting civilians against the police. During this riot, the Scepter is finally delivered to Baron Strucker, who immediately puts Doctor List to work.
Doctor List manages to reactivate Chitauri Guns with the power of the Scepter for HYDRA, and the help of Benjamin Pollack. After the guns are tested, List informs Strucker that they need living human test subjects. Strucker tells him that he can use any of the people from the continuing riot. List tells the rioters that he can give them the abilities to stand up to their oppressors if they volunteer to go with him. Twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are among the many to go with him.
Fury leaves the Triskelion and contacts Maria Hill to arrange a meeting. On the way to the rendezvous point, he is attacked by assassins posing as police officers. He evades them, but is confronted by the Winter Soldier, who shoots a Disc Grenade under Nick Fury's SUV, forcing it to upturn. Severely injured, Fury escapes by using a "Mouse Hole" device to cut through the road and into the sewers.
Steve Rogers returns to his apartment, where he finds Fury sitting in his living room. Fury manages to tell Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised and gives him the USB containing the data from the Lemurian Star.
From the adjacent building, the Winter Soldier shoots and appears to fatally wound Fury. While his neighbor (who reveals herself to be an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent codenamed "Agent 13") gets Fury to safety, Rogers pursues the Winter Soldier, but fails to catch him.
Nick Fury is taken to a hospital in a critical condition. His heart stops during surgery, and the doctors are unable to revive him.
After he is pronounced dead, Maria Hill collects his body. Rogers hides the USB Fury gave him in a vending machine.
Chase of Captain America: On his way back to the hospital to retrieve the USB, Rogers is attacked by several STRIKE operatives in an elevator, but manages to defeat all of them. He jumps out of the elevator to avoid arrest, drives away on his motorcycle and evades an attacking Quinjet. Pierce tells the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Rogers is now a wanted fugitive and must be hunted down.
At an Apple computer store, Rogers and Romanoff try to read the data on the USB. While the information itself is inaccessible, they manage to trace back the location where the program was first written: a S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey. STRIKE operatives led by Brock Rumlow search for the fugitives, but do not find them.
Stealing a car, Rogers and Romanoff drive to the location and he recognizes it as Camp Lehigh, the military training camp where he trained during World War II.
In the bunker, they find an old supercomputer, and, inserting the USB, they reactivate the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola explains that HYDRA has continued to operate within S.H.I.E.L.D. since its creation in the 1940s, and several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives including Alexander Pierce, Jasper Sitwell and Brock Rumlow are actually sleeper agents for HYDRA. The information on the USB is an algorithm Zola produced for Project Insight. Before Rogers and Romanoff can get any more information from him, a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet bombs the bunker, destroying the computers. Surviving the explosion, they once again evade S.H.I.E.L.D. capture.
Agent Hand sends two S.H.I.E.L.D. UAVs to kill John Garrett, whom she suspects along with Coulson of being part of the same conspiracy. Garrett manages to evade his attackers and docks with the Bus.
Pierce takes the Council hostage, but Black Widow, disguised as Councilwoman Pamela Hawley, defends them and holds Pierce at gunpoint. She and Fury then upload all data regarding S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA to the public, and Fury executes Pierce after he kills the Council in an attempt to escape. Captain America and Sam Wilson, going by the codename Falcon, board the Helicarriers as they take off and manage to install two of the chips.
On the last Helicarrier, Captain America is confronted by the Winter Soldier, and after a brutal altercation, Captain America manages to install the chip.
The Helicarriers target each other and blow each other out of the sky; the Helicarrier holding Rogers and the Winter Soldier crashes into the Triskelion, reducing it to rubble. The Winter Soldier, slowly remembering his past life as Bucky Barnes, saves Captain America from drowning in the Potomac River.
HYDRA sends out a coded message to all of its agents, ordering them to take direct control of S.H.I.E.L.D. Skye decodes the message, leading the team to conclude that Hand is the Clairvoyant and affiliated with HYDRA.
Exposed to the public, HYDRA begins purging all infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities in an attempt to retain control. The Cube and S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy are among the targeted facilities.
Battle at the Hub: The Bus lands at the Hub, where Garrett soon reveals that he is the Clairvoyant and an agent of HYDRA. Coulson's team are nearly killed by Garrett, but Agent Hand, having heard the exchange, saves them. All HYDRA agents present in the Hub are then detained.
Together, they make their way to the bridge where Morse attempts to extract classified material from the ship's computers, though this places the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on board at risk.
Having second thoughts, Morse resigns from her initial orders and works with her fellow agents in reclaiming the ship from HYDRA. Now acting solo, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents aboard the Iliad decide to start a new S.H.I.E.L.D. under Gonzales' command.
The Winter Soldier goes to the Ideal Federal Savings Bank, where he finds two HYDRA scientists. Barnes claims that Captain America is dead, but then attacks the scientists, feeling that they are responsible for the terrible actions he has done. However, when one man states that he has a daughter, the Winter Soldier lets him go, realizing that he wants no more blood on his hands.
Coulson's Team finds Providence and meets Eric Koenig. Here they are informed that the Fridge has been taken by HYDRA. Skye calls Ward, because she is worried about him, giving him the coordinates of Providence.
Raina tells Ward and Garrett that the hard drive cannot be accessed without Skye's pass codes. Garrett sends Ward to obtain the pass codes or Skye herself.
Grant Ward arrives at Providence, where he lies to the team about what happened at the Fridge and gives Skye the hard drive. Ward suggests to back it up now that they are at a secure facility, but Coulson wants her to first pull up a list of all the inmates at the Fridge.
Ian Quinn arrives in Cuba and is presented with the Gravitonium by Garrett.
200 miles out of Portland, Marcus Daniels kills a fisherman so he can use his car to travel to Portland.
After seeing Marcus Daniels on the list, Coulson decides to take a splinter team to capture him. Before they are allowed to leave the facility they have to go through an orientation on a Lie Detector.
Fitz realizes that one of the windows, which is supposed to change displays between nighttime and daytime, is stuck on night, while Simmons looks for pancake mix. Coulson and Triplett run scenarios and speculate what happened to their team. Fitz notices the fake window is propped while Simmons collects cooking supplies. She goes to turn the light off and notices blood next to the doorframe. Fitz discovers a message left by Skye that Ward is working for HYDRA, and Simmons screams, having found Koenig's body.
Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are prepared to experiment with the Scepter. Wanda asks Pietro if he is sure he wants to go through with the experiment, and Pietro assures Wanda that they will soon have the power they need to fight.
Wanda Maximoff walks into a room at the HYDRA Research Base which contains the Scepter. The door closes behind her, and she is asked to state her name and confirm her status as a volunteer by a scientist. She is told to begin, as another scientist mentions that nobody has survived contact. The other scientists cuts him off and instructs Maximoff to touch the Scepter.
The Mind Stone inside the Scepter floats out and toward Maximoff. Maximoff reaches out to touch the stone, causing her to see the Mind Stone. The Stone releases a burst of power, and Maximoff sees a figure approach. Maximoff faints and the two scientists rush in after. They find that she is still in alive and send her to isolation.
Fitz panics about their revelation, in denial about Ward being HYDRA, while Simmons performs an autopsy on Koenig. Coulson and Trip try to calm him down. Simmons reports that Koenig died after May left the base, and that a thin wire strangled him in a hurry, and confirms that Ward was responsible. Fitz starts throwing appliances in frustration, and Coulson tells him to focus the pain on saving Skye. Coulson asks Fitz to track the Bus and determines to find Skye, confident that she has a plan.
Skye and Ward arrive at the diner, and Skye tells Ward that decrypting the hard drive will take an hour at least to complete, upsetting Ward.
Triplett and Coulson activate a computer and take stock of their situation, realizing that John Garrett is alive and Victoria Hand is dead, and that Ward and Garrett stole weapons from the Fridge. Coulson realizes that Ward is after the information on the hard drive, and that Ward needs Skye to decrypt the hard drive. The Bus is located in Los Angeles, and a perimeter alert is set off.
Maximoff watches The Brady Bunch while in isolation. The HYDRA scientists watch her and rewatch the footage of Maximoff interacting with the Mind Stone repeatedly. One scientist comments that it makes no sense and wonders what happened.
Maximoff stands up and walks toward the television, using her newfound abilities to turn the television off.
Skye works on the hard drive and shows Ward that she is still working. Skye scolds Ward for being impatient, and he apologizes. Skye suggests Ward call Coulson, but Ward says that they need to stick to their plan. The encryption is denied since they are at the wrong location, and Skye gets nervous. Ward attempts to comfort her and asks what's wrong. Skye lies, saying that she is bothered by their situation as fugitives. Police officers enter, and Ward gets a menu to look less suspicious.
A man mourns at a cemetery and finds Melinda May digging up Coulson's grave. May climbs out of the grave and offers her condolences to the mourner. She goes to her car and looks at the file she recovered, finding a classified file regarding Project T.A.H.I.T.I..
Simmons insists to Talbot that S.H.I.E.L.D. are not criminals. Talbot questions the agents and offers them time served in exchange for intelligence, but they refuse. Simmons scolds Talbot for stopping them from saving Skye.
Hill asks Coulson to accept Talbot's offer of turning over Providence, but Coulson refuses. Coulson scolds Hill for asking him to still keep secrets, including those involving the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. Coulson tells Hill that Ward is with HYDRA and asks for help. Talbot asks to move along, and Coulson and Hill fight through his soldiers.
Skye is brought coffee, and she tells Ward that she has half an hour left for her encryption. Ward grows impatient as he thinks the police officers are looking at them. He notices another police car pull up. Skye distracts him by asking about the last time he went undercover. Ward talks about it, saying that she does not know how Garrett was able to bring himself to be a double agent.
Ward tries to change the subject, but Skye asks what he would say if he could talk to Garrett. Ward asks what she is doing and notices that the police are clearing people out. Ward suggests leaving, but Skye refuses. She revealed that she called the police on Ward and that she knows he is HYDRA. The police come to arrest the two agents, but Ward breaks free as Skye runs away.
Skye runs outside and surrenders to the police, asking to be arrested. The officers arrest her, but Ward comes out of the restaurant and shoots them. Skye steals the police car and gets away, but Mike Peterson arrives and captures her.
On the Bus, Peterson and Ward argue about whether Peterson should have gotten involved. Skye refuses to give Ward the location, and John Garrett gives Ward five minutes to retrieve it. Skye scolds Ward for lying to her and punches him, so he handcuffs her to a rail. Ward says that it was not personal, so Skye continues to scold Ward. Skye asks if he is going to kill her, but he says that he would not let that happen to her, disgusting Skye. Ward tells Skye that it was hard to make the decisions he did, but Skye says that he is a serial killer and that she does not like him. Ward insists that she will understand some day, but Skye refuses and sits down.
Peterson attempts to decrypt the hard drive and gets an invalid signal location notification. He receives a message that Garrett is done waiting and is instructed to go to plan B.
Skye struggles to break free of her handcuffs, and Ward threatens that Peterson will torture Skye. Skye pleads with Peterson, but Peterson demands the information. Skye continues to try to reach out to Peterson, and he stops Ward's heart. Skye decides to give up the information in order to save Ward, revealing that they need to reach a high enough altitude. Peterson demands that Skye start the hack and orders Ward to take off.
Skye delivers the codes to Ward and Deathlok but installs a trojan horse in the drive.
Ward prepares to take off, but is interrupted by Hill. Ward asks her to get out of his way, but Hill demands Skye. Ward calls her bluff and tells her not to test him. Ward takes off, and Hill tells Trip not to pursue. Coulson sneaks onto the Bus.
As the Bus takes off, Coulson makes his way through and finds Skye, hugging her. She confesses to having unlocked it, and Peterson engages. Coulson and Skye go to the cargo hold, and Ward rushes after them. The two get inside Lola and leave the bus, while firing at Peterson. Peterson returns fire and Ward joins, but Coulson and Skye leave in Lola. The car's flight systems break at first but activate just before they hit the ground. The car lands and a man charges them for parking.
Ward suggests going after Coulson and Skye, but Peterson demands they stay with Garrett's plan. Ward threatens Peterson for going after Coulson and Skye, but he says that it was not personal.
Coulson tells Hill he is going after Ward, and asks for backup from Hill, which she denies. Hill says that S.H.I.E.L.D. is over, but Coulson insists it should remain active. Coulson says that he does not want to work in the private sector, and Hill leaves.
Fitz and Simmons speculate about why Ward betrayed them, and Fitz refuses to believe that Ward is evil. Fitz asks Simmons tell him that she is not HYDRA, and she does so sympathetically. Fitz says that he also is not with HYDRA. Skye makes fun of Triplett for eating junk food, and Coulson encourages Triplett to rest. Coulson gets food from the vending machine and promises Skye that they will get Ward. Skye tells them that she left them a present when she decrypted the drive. Coulson give Skye part of his candy bar, and they share it.
Coulson returns to his room and finds May inside. She says that Hill told her about Ward's betrayal, and tells him that he needs to see something. She shows him a video of himself saying that the side effects of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. are too extreme, with memory replacement being the only way to undo the effects, and recommending that the cost of the project was too great to continue. Coulson is shocked at this discovery.
Fury arrives to aid Coulson, while Deathlok steps in to defend Garrett. Skye releases Ace Peterson, prompting Deathlok to turn on Garrett and fire a missile at him. The remaining Centipede agents are arrested, and Deathlok flees the scene. Garrett tries to upgrade himself with Deathlok parts, but Coulson vaporizes him with the 0-8-4 Weapon.
Fury appoints Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and gives him a small device called "the Toolbox", which shows him coordinates to their new base, the Playground.
Having almost been killed in the accident, Kilgrave searches the help of Doctor David Kurata and forces Jack Denton to donate both of his kidneys to him. Kurata is forced to perform the surgery on Kilgrave without any anesthesia to numb the pain, because the anesthesia nullifies Kilgrave's powers.
Denton has a stroke from the shock of losing his kidneys. Kilgrave then ensures that his death has been faked and disappears, while Jessica Jones continues to believe that he died in the accident.
Cybertek ship HYDRA's remaining gravitonium on a boat called the Principia. However, the boat hits a storm which supercharges the gravitonium and causes it to float 25,000 feet into the sky. It is assumed to have sunk.
Leo Fitz awakes from his coma, having spent nine days unconscious.
Phil Coulson assigns Jemma Simmons the duty to infiltrate in HYDRA so she can give him information about the terrorist organization. Secretly, Coulson assigns agent Bobbi Morse to protect Simmons as she also infiltrates HYDRA.
Felix Blake is released from hospital. Having found out about HYDRA, he disappears, angered that the S.H.I.E.L.D. he signed up for was not what he thought it to be. Bitter, he looks to find other people to align himself with who want to protect the world from aliens.
Assassination of Ahmad Zubair: William Rawlins, still going by Agent Orange, has Homeland Security liaison Ahmad Zubair captured and tortured, claiming he is a terrorist. The Cerberus Squad stand around watching as Rawlins beats him for information, but he claims to have none. Zubair exclaims that he is not a terrorist and that he has a family, begging for his life, but Rawlins says that if he has no information, he will be killed. Obeying orders under the assumption that it is necessary to protect the United States of America, Frank Castle shoots Zubair through the head. Unbeknown to the rest of the squad, Gunner Henderson, starting to suspect that the Cerberus leaders have ulterior motives, secretly films the assassination.
Castle and Henderson are given the duty of burying Zubair, with Castle removing the bullet from his head as instructed. Henderson highlights to Castle that what they are doing feels like disposing of evidence of a crime.
Coulson returns to the Playground and tells May about his supposed recruiting trip. He sends Skye to get information from their prisoner, Grant Ward. Ward tells her the history of Carl Creel and how HYDRA is communicating with him. She leaves before he can discuss her father.
Creel uses his powers to become transparent and escape from his detainment. Coulson sends a team on a two-pronged mission: to obtain a Quinjet and retrieve the Obelisk.
When Hartley finds the Obelisk, the Absorbing Man attacks. She grabs the object in order to defend herself, but instead it begins to kill her.
Hartley, Hunter and Idaho attempt to escape to get Hartley medical attention, but Creel flips their S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV, killing both Idaho and Hartley. Hunter fakes being dead as Creel takes the alien artifact.
Hunter is collected by Glenn Talbot, who asks him to betray Phil Coulson because there is a senator who wants his arrest. Hunter wants Hartley to have an honorable funeral in return. Hunter tells Talbot that in return for a proper burial for Hartley and two million dollars, he will hand over Coulson in the next two days.
When Hunter returns to the Playground, Coulson already knows that Hunter has talked to Talbot. He sends Skye to pack the deceased's possessions.
Fitz finds the DNA file on the Absorbing Man and decides that he will help in his capture. Mackenzie helps a struggling Fitz to decode his old work to find a solution.
In the night, Raina visits Creel and gives him a ring that will help him fight against the adverse effects that the Obelisk is having on him. However, unbeknownst to him, the ring contains a tracking device. Raina contacts Coulson and tells him about the tracking device.
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Coulson's men track Creel and travel to his location to catch him. Hunter, however, takes things into his own hands and incapacitates May, Triplett and Skye with an I.C.E.R..
When Creel goes to meet Sunil Bakshi in a public park to deliver the Obelisk, Hunter tries to shoot Creel. During the commotion caused by the gunshot, Raina takes the briefcase containing the artifact.
As Hunter and Creel battle, Coulson uses the Overkill Device to destabilize and neutralize the Absorbing Man.
Later, Skye and May discuss Coulson's attitude. May confronts Coulson and convinces him to release his urge to carve Words of Creation he has resisted for 18 days since his last episode. He carves the symbols in a blackened room as May documents the incident.
Raina delivers the Obelisk to Skye's father, who shows her that she can touch it without dying.
Drax swears revenge, eventually killing twenty-two people and causing grievous bodily harm to five more. This earns him the nickname "Drax the Destroyer."
Misty Knight searches Cockroach Hamilton's apartment, but cannot find anything incriminating. Her work partner, Rafael Scarfe, insists on searching himself, and returns with a gun he claims to have found, having actually planted it himself to take Hamilton down, without telling anyone. Hamilton insists that the gun is not his, but no one believes him as he is taken away for arrest.
Kaecilius goes solo to confront the Witch, but she defeats him as well.
The Masters of the Mystic Arts track the Witch to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. The group confront the thief and after a grueling battle, with their combined efforts they are able to overpower her and claim the scepter.
Brock Rumlow awakes from his coma. He watches a report on the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. from his hospital bed. Disillusioned and furious at HYDRA's defeat and Alexander Pierce's death, he assaults his nurse and escapes.
In the 29th Precinct Police Station, Misty Knight is frustrated that she cannot take down a scammer called Haverland. Scarfe says they could steal from the evidence room and plant something to get him on, and Knight is concerned at his willingness to do such a thing. Scarfe then reveals that he was just joking, to Knight's relief, believing him to be incorruptible. He leaves for the night, saying his son, Earl, is waiting up for him so they can watch the New York Mets game.
While Earl Scarfe waits for his father, he finds one of his guns, which Rafael had forgotten to lock up. Earl plays with it and accidentally shoots himself, dying from the shot.
Recovering some items from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Research and Development labs, Brock Rumlow sets up an arms sale to draw out HYDRA agents, on whom he opens fire to send the message that he no longer works for them, while getting some satisfaction by subjecting them to the pain that he suffered himself.
Rocket is outraged when D'Xtar only pays them 400 credits despite the fact that the bounty on Baldo was 900. Sick of being cheated, the pair think their luck is changing when a woman leads them into a bar promising them free drinks. Unfortunately, they discover that it is a trap and that a bounty has been placed on Rocket when they are ambushed by bounty hunters. Rocket produces his Laser Cannon, causing huge damage to the bar and confusion among the bounty hunters.
Suddenly, Groot grabs Rocket. Rocket is shocked and hurt by his friend's betrayal. When some bounty hunters surround them, Rocket shoots off the end of Groot's finger to escape from his grip.
Rocket is chased through the streets by both Groot and the bounty hunters. He escapes into a building by tapping the wires of a lock. He runs into a bounty hunter who is sick of Rocket collecting bounties he feels he deserves, and prepares to kill him.
Groot then crashes through the wall. Rocket informs him that the bounty hunter put the bounty on him to thin out the competition. Groot threatens the bounty hunter, who cancels the bounty on Rocket. Groot then reveals that betraying Rocket was an act so that Rocket would attack him and make him angry, as he is a better fighter in that state. Rocket is thankful and the two leave.
Having been working as interns at the law firm Landman and Zack, Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson are offered permanent jobs at the firm. Nelson shows great enthusiasm about the offer, but Murdock believes that working for such a soulless company is not the right direction for them to go in. Murdock manages to convince the skeptical Nelson not to take the job offer and to instead start up their own law firm where they can really help innocent people and make a difference to their city.
Matt Murdock has trouble sleeping due to one of his neighbor's daughter crying as her father is abusing her. Murdock contacts the police to have him arrested; however, the man is able to get away with the crime as his wife claims he never committed the crime and his daughter does not reveal the truth.
The next night, seeing that the man would not face justice, Murdock dons a black eyeless mask and goes after the man. He manages to find him at the train yard where he works. Murdock severely beats him up and threatens that if he ever touches his daughter again, he would find him and possibly kill him. The man would spend the next month in the hospital, while Murdock would consider more acts of vigilantism.
Massacre of the Korbinites: On Korbin, Nebula battles Korbinites, fighting under her father, Thanos' instruction. She is caught off guard by a grenade and a Korbinite goes to attack her, but her adoptive sister Gamora arrives and kills it from behind. Nebula angrily tells her sister she did not ask for her help, but Gamora notes that she always needs it nonetheless. She then tells Nebula Thanos wants them back on the ship, as he has found an Infinity Stone.
Back on their Q-Ship, Gamora and Nebula discuss the located Infinity Stone: the Power Stone, on Morag. Nebula notes that his plan is finally in motion, and the sisters start to consider the ramifications if he is successful. They are interrupted when Thanos beams in from Korbin.
Thanos tells his daughters that Ronan the Accuser has located the stone, and that he is sending them to Ronan's ship, since Ronan's obsession clouds his judgement. Nebula kneels and insists that she will make her father proud.
In an attempt to separate from the Ravagers, Peter Quill, known as "Star-Lord", travels alone to Morag to retrieve the Orb.
As the lyrics kick in, Quill kicks his leg up in the air, starting to dance.
Getting to a puddle, Quill kicks the water and spins as he passes through it, then continues shuffling along.
Quill encounters some Orloni and kicks them aside in time to the music.
Quill continues grooving along, then finds a slippery patch, where he slides across. He grabs hold of a passing Orloni and pretends it is a microphone as he sings along to the end of the first verse.
As Quill reaches the second verse, he again grabs an Orloni and pretends it is a microphone, singing to it.
Quill struts along and spins around, before slowing down. As he continues walking, he comes across a Korbinite skeleton.
Quill grabs another Orloni, singing the second chorus to it as he keeps going.
Getting to another slippery patch, Quill simply slides across once again.
Battle of Morag: Quill uses a Gravity Mine to draw the Orb out of its field, and is successful. At that moment, Korath and his soldiers break in. Korath asks how he knows about it, but Quill claims to just be a junker looking around. When Korath makes off with the Orb, Quill breaks the Plasma Sphere, which disintegrates the soldiers. He then shoots Korath with his Quad Blasters and picks up the Orb when the Kree drops it. Korath shoots at him but he dodges.
The blast hits the wall behind Quill, and he flies out through it with his jet boots. He then runs to escape as Korath pursues him, throwing a Gravity Mine to suck in the remaining Sakaaran soldiers and hold them down, then leaping for his ship, the Milano.
Quill slides into the Milano cockpit as the Sakaarans free themselves from the Gravity Mine and prepare to stop him. Korath leads them in preparing a cannon, then starts firing as Quill pilots the ship away, dodging the blasts.
The Milano gets caught in a geyser which propels the ship into the air, and Quill falls out of the pilot seat. However, before he can crash, he manages to grab the controls and stabilize the ship.
A Krylorian woman named Bereet, who Quill has just started dating, emerges from the ship's hold, asking what happened. Quill admits he had forgotten she was on-board.
Bereet accidentally puts Quill on a call with Yondu Udonta, who is angry to find Quill and the Orb missing on Morag. Quill explains his separation from the group, so Yondu then orders a bounty on Quill's head.
Gamora is nearly killed by vengeful inmates led by Drax the Destroyer, whose wife and daughter were murdered by Ronan, but is saved by Quill. Upon learning that the Collector is willing to pay a substantial amount for the Orb, Quill, Rocket, and Groot agree to help Gamora escape the Kyln in exchange for splitting the payment between the four of them.
Ronan the Accuser is summoned by Thanos to discuss Gamora's desertion. Ronan kills the Other and berates Thanos for not taking the situation seriously. Thanos ignores Ronan's insults and threatens to destroy him if he does not bring him the Orb. Nebula replaces Gamora as Ronan's assistant in the crusade.
They shut down the artificial gravity and pilot the watchtower to the prison's hanger bay via hacked security drones. They reclaim the Orb and escape in Quill's ship, the Milano, but Quill remains behind to recover his walkman headset. He manages to regroup with the others, and they flee from the system.
Massacre at the Kyln: Ronan and Nebula invade the Kyln but find that Gamora has already fled. Before leaving, Ronan orders for the prison to be "cleansed".
Star-Lord makes advances towards Gamora, who violently rejects him. Drax and Rocket, both drunk, get into a fight, after which Drax storms off and the rest of the group are summoned by the Collector.
They give the Orb to him and he opens it, revealing the Infinity Stone inside. After explaining the stone's origins, the Collector prepares to give the group their payment. His slave, Carina, grabs the stone in order to free herself from slavery, but the power overwhelms and kills her.
A massive explosion destroys the Collector's Museum, and Gamora reseals the stone into the Orb. Ronan, Nebula, and their Sakaaran allies are summoned to Knowhere by a vengeful Drax, who is subdued in battle with Ronan.
Nebula pursues Gamora into space, leaving her stranded and nearly killing her. While Ronan and his minions make off with the Orb, and Star-Lord contacts the Ravagers to pick up him and Gamora, giving her his helmet to survive.
After leaving Knowhere, Ronan contacts Thanos and betrays him, deciding to keep the Infinity Stone for himself, grafting it into his hammer. Nebula chooses to remain with Ronan out of spite for Thanos.
On Knowhere, Groot convinces Rocket to rescue Star-Lord and Gamora.
On the Eclector, Star-Lord and Gamora negotiate a truce with the Ravagers, agreeing to give the Orb to them if they help them stop Ronan from using it to destroy Xandar. Rocket, Groot, and Drax suddenly arrive and threaten to destroy the mothership with a Hadron Enforcer, but Star-Lord is able to stop him. Star-Lord's group and the Ravagers formulate a plan to hijack Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster, and kill him.
On board the Dark Aster, Gamora duels Nebula, who escapes on a hijacked M-Ship. Drax kills Korath the Pursuer and Groot slays the rest of the Sakaaran soldiers, and the group then converge on Ronan, who defeats them with ease. Rocket pilots the Warbird through the Aster and into Ronan, incapacitating him and damaging the vessel and causing it to crash into Xandar. Groot shields his comrades in a cocoon of branches to protect them from the crash, and is pulverized in the impact.
Ronan emerges from the wreckage unscathed and prepares to destroy Xandar with the Infinity Stone, but Star-Lord distracts him, allowing Rocket and Drax to destroy his hammer with the Hadron Enforcer, freeing the stone. Star-Lord catches the stone and, with Gamora, Rocket, and Drax sharing its burden, uses it to destroy Ronan. Gamora then seals the stone in a new makeshift container, and instead of giving it to the Ravagers, Star-Lord gives them a decoy. The stone is then taken by the Nova Corps and contained.
Star-Lord's group, now calling themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, are exalted for their heroics and their criminal records are expunged. Departing in a repaired Milano, the group depart Xandar in search of adventure. They bring a sapling cut of Groot with them, which begins to regenerate.
Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Skye record a birthday message video for Jemma Simmons for her 27th birthday, as she is not at the base with them, instead on an assignment for Coulson at HYDRA. They tell her to make a wish and then blow out the candle for her. Leo Fitz, still believing that Simmons left to see her parents, records a more personal message, asking her to say "hi" to her parents for him, and promising her that they will see each other soon.
Simmons discovers that HYDRA is looking for Donnie Gill, whom she knows from their previous encounter, and that they are studying his abilities.
In Marrakech, Gill is found by two HYDRA agents. He freezes one of them and takes his cell phone.
Simmons meets with Coulson and tells him about Gill, and that she believes he must have gained some kind of powers after he was struck by lightning. Coulson decides that they must try to recruit Gill before HYDRA reaches him.
Skye tries to get information from Grant Ward. Ward tells her that he was never loyal to HYDRA, only to Garrett. He also tells her about HYDRA's protocol when it concerns the "gifted", which is to either recruit or kill them.
Donnie Gill goes to a freighter. He stands near it and freezes the water.
Sunil Bakshi accuses Simmons of lying for not telling him that she knew about Project Blizzard, the project that gave powers to Gill. She covers by saying that she did not know who the subject of the project was until yesterday, which is true. Bakshi asks if she is loyal to HYDRA, to which Simmons simply replies that she is loyal to science.
Coulson and his team hear about the frozen ship in the sea. They prepare to leave on the Bus.
Bakshi brings together a group of agents with Simmons to go and find Gill.
Fitz is shocked when he enters Grant Ward's cell. Ward tries to explain himself to Fitz, to no avail. Furious, Fitz explains what Ward has done to him, and starts draining the oxygen from his cell. Ward tells him that Coulson and the others do not understand that Gill was brainwashed and was used by HYDRA to take the Sandbox in one of the battles during the HYDRA Uprising. Fitz tells Mack about Gill and that they have to alert Coulson.
At the freighter, Mack calls Coulson and tells him about Gill being brainwashed by HYDRA. Coulson orders his team to stop HYDRA from talking to Gill to prevent the brainwashing from being triggered again.
When May notices Simmons, she takes out Hunter so as to prevent him from killing her, as he does not know who she is. Alerted by the noise, Gill runs. Coulson orders his team to maintain Simmons' cover.
Gill runs into Bakshi, who speaks the brainwashing code to him and Gill falls under his sway. Bakshi orders Gill to freeze the ship, but he is shot by Skye. Gill falls into the ocean.
Skye monitors channels, trying to learn if someone has found Gill's body. Skye tells May that she does not understand why Coulson did not tell anyone about Simmons, but May simply states that she will handle it.
Coulson goes to talk to Fitz, reminding him that he is still an important part of the team, but that he saw what he did to Ward. Fitz says that he is not a killer. Coulson explains that he hates Ward as much as him, but they need to find out more about HYDRA from him. Coulson reveals to him that Simmons is on assignment, and that is why she has made no contact. He also tells Fitz that is a lot more he is hiding.
Whitehall tells Bakshi that S.H.I.E.L.D. is becoming a problem and he wants to know who is in charge. Agent 33 then reveals herself, now brainwashed and loyal to Whitehall.
Ward reveals to Skye that her father is still alive and he wants to meet with her.
They agree to kill the monster in exchange for Nebula, whom the Sovereign captured not long after the Battle of Xandar. The team defeat the beast by exposing a cut on its neck, and Gamora using her sword to stab into the cut and slice down through the Abilisk.
After the battle, the Guardians meet with Ayesha, and Nebula is handed over as promised.
They intend to leave Sovereign peacefully, however, Rocket Raccoon has decided to take some Anulax Batteries for himself. When this is discovered, it angers Ayesha and the Sovereign people.
Escape from the Sovereign Fleet: The Sovereign send their fleet to chase and attack the Guardians of the Galaxy, heavily damaging the Milano. The group is forced to crash-land on a nearby planet, but before the Sovereign fleet can kill them, it is single-handedly destroyed by Ego. On landing on the planet, Berhert, the Guardians argue, when Ego suddenly lands and reveals himself to be Quill's father.
On Contraxia, Yondu Udonta has a run-in with Stakar Ogord, nearly 20 years after Ogord banished him for child trafficking. Ogord reiterates Yondu's exile from the greater Ravager community, despite his protests. Ayesha then arrives and hires Yondu to recapture the Guardians.
Ego invites Quill to return to his home with his protégée Mantis. Quill is cautious, and speaks to Gamora about his concerns regarding Ego's claims, but she reassures him that things will turn out alright. Meanwhile, Drax and Mantis are acquainted.
Rocket enjoys setting off several traps for them, taking down numerous Ravagers, but he is forced to give in when Yondu Udonta arrives and threatens him with his Yaka Arrow. However, when Yondu shows reluctance to turn Quill over to the Sovereign, some of the group question whether he is being too soft, and Ravager Taserface uses the opportunity to lead a mutiny against him.
Nebula tricks Groot into releasing her, claiming that she will help, but instead she shoots Yondu's fin, knocking him out and helping the Ravagers. Groot, Udonta, and Rocket are incarcerated on the Ravagers' ship, the Eclector.
Quill, Gamora, Drax, Ego, and Mantis arrive at Ego's home: a living planet that is an extension of his body. Ego explains that he is a god-like being called a Celestial, and he created a humanoid avatar to travel across the galaxy and interact with other species.
Nebula is given a ship in return for having helped the Ravagers, and leaves to pursue her sister and get revenge on her.
Ego teaches Quill to access and manipulate the power within his planet, to Quill's amazement.
Drax becomes friendly with Mantis, who anxiously begins to attempt to reveal a secret about Ego, before being interrupted by Gamora, asking for Mantis to take them to where they will be staying.
Rocket and Yondu are thrown in a cell, to be delivered to the Kree in the morning. In their imprisonment, Rocket and Yondu discover they are very alike, and Yondu shares his low opinion of Ego, who originally hired Yondu's Ravagers to deliver Quill after his mother's death. Meanwhile, Groot is spared, but humiliated by Taserface's men.
Once the Ravagers have gone to sleep, Groot walks away, dejected, and goes to Yondu and Rocket's cell. Yondu calls him over, and gives him instructions on how to find a prototype version of Yaka Arrow Controller in the captain's quarters, to aid their escape. Groot excitedly runs off to find it, but Rocket is skeptical as to whether Groot understood the instructions.
Groot returns, but with Yondu's underwear. They send him back several times, but he does not understand, bringing useless and strange items like a severed toe and a large desk.
Escape from the Eclector: Soon before the morning, Groot goes one final time to find the fin, but yet again retrieves the wrong item. Kraglin Obfonteri sees this, however, and assists Groot in taking the arrow controller and freeing Yondu, who forgives Kraglin and tells him to prepare the Quadrant for their escape. Together, Rocket, Groot, and Yondu walk through the Eclector to make their escape. The Ravagers are alerted and woken, but as they rush to stop the escape, Yondu uses the Yaka Arrow, controlled by his new fin, to kill all of them. Taserface alerts the Sovereign of the escape, and gives them the coordinates of Ego's planet so they can go after Yondu and the Guardians, before Yondu kills him as well in an explosion ignited by the Yaka Arrow.
Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin escape in a detachable section, and engage in a risky space maneuver of 700 consecutive jumps to reach Ego's planet in time to help Quill.
Quill, happy to have found his father and his new powers, attempts to get Gamora to dance with him, and she eventually obliges. However, they quickly fall out, as Gamora is upset that Quill is valuing his biological father over the second family he found in their Guardians team. Gamora storms off to sit peacefully on her own in a field.
Nebula arrives at Ego's planet in the ship from the Ravagers and tries to kill Gamora. Gamora fights back, and the two of them end up fighting in the caverns beneath the planet's surface. Gamora gets the upper hand, but lets her sister live.
Nebula takes the opportunity to pin down Gamora, but changes her mind about killing her, satisfied with just having beaten her for once.
The two sisters reach an uneasy truce, and together they explore the caverns beneath Ego's planet's surface.
Ego reveals his master plan to Quill: he travelled the universe and planted seedlings on thousands of worlds, so that he could terraform them into new extensions of himself. However, he needed a second Celestial's power to activate the seedlings, so he conceived children with hundreds of women all across the galaxy and hired Yondu's Ravagers to collect them.
Meanwhile, Gamora and Nebula discover hundreds of skeletal remains in the cave; the remains of Ego's children.
Ego reveals that every child of his was killed when they proved unable to access Celestial power, but Quill is the first able to harness the power, and Ego uses him to activate all the seedlings. His "expansion" begins, as he uses Quill to activate the seeds' terraforming, that will eventually consume all those worlds, and every person on them.
As Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin come to the end of their dangerous 700 jumps, one of the jumps passes by a conversation between the Watchers and one of their informants. Once the interruption has passed, the informant continues telling his tales to the Watchers, from where he's been planted at different points in time.
Quill is hypnotized by Ego's power until Ego reveals he deliberately caused the death of Quill's mother. Quill breaks free of his trance and fights back.
On Earth, Xandar, and all other planets that have Ego's seeds, the process of terraforming begins. In Missouri, the source of the Earth seedling, people admire the biomass, but when it begins to grow, the citizens run and drive away as fast as they can.
Mantis informs Gamora, Drax and Nebula of Ego's plan just as Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin arrive. Reunited, the Guardians blast through layers of Ego to get to his core and kill him.
As the Guardians fight their way through to the core, a fleet of Sovereign Omnicrafts arrives following Taserface's information, to kill the Guardians. The team retaliate against the Sovereign while having to fight Ego himself.
Rocket sends Groot into the thick shell at the core of Ego's planet, protecting Ego's brain, to plant a bomb with the Anulax Batteries and kill him.
Mantis attempts to keep Ego at bay by trying to make him sleep, while Quill and Yondu defeat the Sovereign. Their ship is destroyed, but the duo escape unharmed.
As Ego looks likely to win, the Guardians put in a final push of attack. Groot plants the bomb and most of the Guardians escape, while Quill remains to battle his father, using his access to Ego's celestial power.
When the bomb explodes, Ego dies and the planet collapses. Yondu gives his spacesuit to Quill to save him, sacrificing himself as he dies in the atmosphere of space.
The Watchers become tired of their informant's stories and walk away, leaving him concerned as to how he will return home.
Nebula reconciles with Gamora, but chooses to leave anyway, to finds a way to kill Thanos once for all. The two part as caring sisters.
The Guardians give Yondu a traditional Ravager funeral, and dozens of Ravagers, including Stakar Ogord, arrive to pay their respects, releasing a string of fireworks.
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, with only 29 days remaining of his rotation, Frank Castle receives a card from his family back home for his birthday. He opens it and is delighted to see that his wife, Maria, has bought him tickets to see Bruce Springsteen perform live.
Castle is called in with Russo to have a mission briefing with Agent Orange and Ray Schoonover. Agent Orange explains the plan, but Castle expresses disapproval, highlighting that the fact that the target they have been after for months has suddenly shown up likely means it is a trap, as the Afghans have become aware of their operation. Agent Orange overrules him and tells him to proceed, and Castle reluctantly agrees, warning that he thinks people will die.
Ambush in Kandahar: As Castle predicted, when the Cerberus Squad arrive at the location, they are ambushed. Several members of the squad are killed, and Castle realizes that enemy mortars will soon target them. He decides he has to act and enters the opposition's compound alone, forced to kill numerous insurgents, shooting them and then using his combat knife once he runs out of ammunition. With the insurgents dead, the squad can fall back to a safe location where a helicopter can evacuate them.
Back at the Cerberus Squad Compound, Castle vomits from the physical exhaustion and horror of the events of the ambush. Agent Orange returns, but shows complete apathy at the deaths of the men, simply asking if they managed to kill the target. Castle is enraged at the man and attacks him brutally in anger, punching him in face and blinding him in one eye. Billy Russo rushes to hold him back and pulls him aside, telling him that no matter how unethical Agent Orange is, he will never be blamed as the blame always falls on the soldiers. Protecting you, it's never on them. He informs Castle that he is transferring back to the Marine Force by request.
↑In Enter The Dreamland, Gert Yorkes realizes Stacey wiped her memory when she was "13". With Gert born in January 2001 (see 2000s references), this would make it between January 2014 and January 2015. When discussing the event, Stacey initially guesses Gert was "maybe 12", suggesting Gert had perhaps only recently turned 13 at the time, so it can be approximated to January 2014.
↑ 6.06.16.26.18.104.22.168.76.86.9In Step in the Arena, Carl Lucas/Luke Cage's hair growth would suggest approximately 4 months between his first day and nearly attacking Comanche in the courtyard, and a further 2 months between then and Squabbles being killed and Lucas/Cage being attacked again, with his escape the next day. This all takes place before January 20, 2014, the firm date for when Reva Connors is killed (see other references). Ideally, it would be a good few months at least before her death. However, in Can't Front on Me, Shades says, "My last year in Seagate, me and Comanche got paid by this juiced-in-guard, Rackham, to beat the shit out of some guy named Carl Lucas." In Code of the Streets, in November 2015 (see 2015 references), Shades says, "I just got home [...] Three years this time, Seagate," suggesting he was released in late 2015, so his "last year in Seagate" would start in late 2014, but Cage is already out and Connors is already dead by then. If Shades is taken to be very loosely meaning "just" when he says "just got home", you could maybe take it that he got home a little earlier in 2015, but still, this does not work, with Cage escaping absolutely no later than January 2014. At a stretch, it can be taken that Shades is referring to the calendar year of 2014 as his last year at Seagate, released in the first half of 2015, so only a few months in and with 2015 not counting as his last "year" - and he is also only meaning "just" loosely, back for about half a year. With this, it would mean that his second attack on Lucas/Cage, the attack that he is referring to, can be in January 2014 and still loosely fit his statement. However, with Connors killed on January 20, 2014, this is very late for Lucas/Cage's escape. At an absolute minimum, they spend a few weeks together after the escape and before her death. So, all things considered, the attack can be dated to January 1, 2014, just about fitting Shades' statement at a stretch, and allowing Cage and Connors 18 days (2nd-20th), as much as possible, living freely together before her death. This makes Lucas/Cage nearly attacking Comanche roughly November 1, 2013, and his first day at Seagate roughly July 1, 2013, based on hair growth. The rest of the flashbacks in Step in the Arena are placed between July 2013 and January 2014 accordingly.
↑ 11.011.1Seeds has to occur in 2013 ("24 years" following 1989, see other references), and is placed finishing on December 17, 2013. Yes Men has to occur in 2014 ("last year" in 2015, see other references). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase picks up reasonably shortly following the events of Seeds, and leads into the events of T.R.A.C.K.S.. T.A.H.I.T.I. follows immediately after, and Yes Men only a few days later (Skye is still recovering, Simmons has spent a few days taking her blood). As well as this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has to occur as early as possible in January 2014 ("winter" following the film's events, "a few years" and "2 years" in Captain America: Civil War, see other references). From all of this, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase, T.R.A.C.K.S., and T.A.H.I.T.I. occur at the end of December 2013 (27th-30th), with Yes Men picking up with Simmons and Skye a few days later on January 3, 2014. This also fits with them having dealt with the Overkill Device "a while back," nearly 2 months from early November to late December.
↑ 22.022.1In Captain America: Civil War, Sam Wilson says to Natasha Romanoff, "Aren't you the same woman who told the government to kiss her ass a few years ago?" The date of him saying this is definitively June 2016 (the same day that the news says Lagos was "last month," with that date given by WHiH, see other references). This would imply Captain America: The Winter Soldier is about 3 years prior to Captain America: Civil War. However, later on, Wilson says that they "looked for [the Winter Soldier] for 2 years." The reasoned date for the search beginning is January 15, 2014. This is 2 years and 5 months, which fits as 2 years, but also a high 2 years that can be referred to as "a few years." It also falls as inline as possible with the mention in Shadows of "winter" occurring following the film's events, with the film being as early as possible in 2014, taking into account Yes Men and End of the Beginning (see other references to the timespan between Seeds and Yes Men). Placing Captain America: The Winter Soldier in January 2014 also still fits as "2 years" after The Avengers (May 2012), as stated by Scarlett Johansson. It is 1 year and 8 months, which rounds up, as well as fitting with the crude math of 2014-2012=2 years. It also fits perfectly with all the timeline references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1.
↑Rogers tells Romanoff that he is "95," definitively placing this between July 4, 2013 and July 3, 2014. January 2014 falls perfectly in the middle of this.
↑ 25.025.1In On and On, a flashback is shown of Cage and Connors in bed together. This is between Cage's escape from prison on January 2, 2014 (see other references) and Connors' death on January 20, 2014 (see other references), so can be approximated to January 11, 2014. Their wedding can be approximated to the same day.
↑In Turn, Turn, Turn, Coulson states, "I haven't been able to get [Fury] on the line for weeks." The reasoned date for the previous contact is December 4, 2013, after his successful rescue. The reasoned date for him saying this is January 9, 2014, which fits as 5 weeks.
↑In Rite of Thunder, Chase Stein says about Catherine Wilder, "In junior high, she made the best after‐school snacks. Pizza bagels." With the Runaways (other than Hernandez, whose school age Stein is not referring to) born in early 2001, they would be in junior high from August 2012 to June 2015, so, using the middle of this as an approximation for when Wilder made the snacks, it can be estimated that it was January 14.
↑In The Things We Bury, Ward states that he "lived with [Coulson's team] for months". The reasoned date for them coming together is September 9, 2013, and the reasoned date for him leaving is January 14, 2014, which fits as 4 months.
↑ 39.039.139.239.339.4Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle shows Wanda and Pietro Maximoff being brought into HYDRA before Project Insight was initiated on January 12, 2014 (see other references). In Previously On, a flashback is shown of Wanda getting experimented on in HYDRA. The end credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is also shown in This Scepter'd Isle, is then shown to be after Project Insight, and the Maximoffs are still getting used to their powers. This Scepter'd Isle shows that the data being gathered on Wanda and Pietro are still "EARLY READINGS" during the credits scene. Wanda is shown to first discover her powers during the Previously On flashback, so it should be close to the credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Overall, it can be approximated that the twins were recruited on January 6, 2014, and that the Previously On flashback is a few days before the credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, on the 15th and 19th, respectively.
↑In Hot Potato Soup, which is firmly in April 2017 (Wake Up must occur on April 16, 2017, see other references), Johnson says to Koenig, "We've known each other for 3 years." January 2014 fits as 3 years prior to April 2017.
↑ 56.056.156.256.356.456.556.656.7In Kandahar, it is shown that on Frank Castle's birthday, November 15th (see 1976 references), there are "29 days" supposed to be remaining of their deployment. Therefore, they are due to finish on December 14th. In Home, when Madani questions Castle about Kandahar, she asks, "You served many years as a Marine Force Recon?" He replies, "I did." She asks, "But that isn't where you served your last mission?", and Castle affirms, "No. I was part of a covert CIA operation. It was called Cerberus." Therefore, Kandahar was Castle's final deployment. However, in Kinbaku, Ellison's statements firmly place the Massacre at Central Park on April 4, 2015 (see 2015 references), and in Penny and Dime, Castle explains that this was the day after he got back from his final deployment. It must therefore be assumed that after Castle attacked William Rawlins on November 16th, similarly to how Russo "requested a transfer back to Force", Castle either requested to move or was forced to for his damaging attack on a superior officer, and had to serve an extra few months before finishing on April 3, 2015. This therefore makes the November that the Kandahar events take place November 2014. In Crosshairs, Frank Castle says "we did 15-month rotations in Afghanistan". Since they were due to finish on December 14, 2014, it can therefore be assumed that the deployment began around September 14, 2013. This also aligns with the fact that Castle says on November 15, 2014, "We have been doing it for a year," as it would have been 14 months. Finally, the assassination of Ahmad Zubair takes place somewhere between the September 14, 2013 start of the operation and the November 15, 2014 abrupt ending, so it can be approximated as roughly halfway between, around the night of April 15-16, 2014.
↑In Resurrection, Ray Nadeem says, on October 23, 2017 (see 2017 references), that he has not "had a pay bump in 3-and-a-half years". Taking this to be about 3 years and 6 months, it could be referring to a near-exact 6 months (around April 23, 2014), or more generally "October - April = 6 months" (approximating with mid-April, April 15/16, 2014). Putting more weight on the more specific, a weighted calculation gives approximately April 20, 2014.
↑ 67.067.1The Marvel Cinematic Universe follows a general real time policy in most of Phase Two - set when the media is released when suitable.
↑In Scars, the onscreen text shows a scene set immediately preceding Shadows as being "one year ago." The events of Scars have to occur in May 2015 (see other references to the placement of Avengers: Age of Ultron), with the reasoned date being May 7, 2015. A year prior to this places the scene in approximately late May 2014. Late May fits very nicely with Talbot's statement that Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. "managed to evade [Talbot and the military] for an entire winter." While this initially would suggest Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place in November 2013 and Shadows picks up in March 2014, this is not possible, with it having to occur in 2014 (various time references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 to spanning several months from September 2013 and a couple of months following Thor: The Dark World, "2 years" in Captain America: Civil War, see other references for more details). With the suggested timespan of Seeds to Yes Men putting Yes Men in early January 2014, it fits nicely with the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 following Captain America: The Winter Soldier immediately in mid-January. It can then be assumed that Talbot is referring to the remainder of winter (January-early March), and with it being now spring moving into summer, winter has come to a resolute, "entire" close. In Shadows, Coulson states, "Our plane's been gathering dust for months." The last time the Bus was used was January 18, 2014, which fits as 4½ months later. He also states that "in the months since [Simmons left], [Fitz has] grown isolated." The reasoned date for Simmons leaving is January 30, 2014, which fits as 4 months later. Brett Dalton also is quoted as saying, "Ward had a hell of a time in the cage by himself for 6 months, he had some suicidal tendencies, and once he comes to the end of wrestling with all of his demons, he makes a promise; to reunite Skye with her dad." The suicidal tendencies etc. refers to where we pick up in Shadows, but the promise to Skye is Making Friends and Influencing People. With that episode being mid-September (see other references to the stretch between Heavy is the Head and A Fractured House), the middle of these two dates - late May and mid-September, is mid-to-late July, which works nicely as 6 months after mid-January. With Talbot going for a walk with his son around midday in Shadows, it makes sense for this to be a Sunday, thereby finally dating it as May 29, 2014.
↑ 71.071.171.271.3Shadows has to occur in May 2014 ("one year ago" from May 2015, "entire winter" preceding it, see other references), but A Fractured House has to take place no earlier than March 2015 (see other references to the timespan between A Fractured House and Avengers: Age of Ultron). There are undetermined spans of time between Heavy is the Head and Making Friends and Influencing People, Making Friends and Influencing People and Face My Enemy, and a mostly undetermined span between A Hen in the Wolf House and A Fractured House, other than when A Fractured House picks up, it does not seem that Morse and Hunter have been reunited for long. A 3½-month span is placed between Heavy is the Head and Making Friends and Influencing People, and Making Friends and Influencing People and Face My Enemy, then a span of under 2 months between A Hen in the Wolf House and A Fractured House, to stretch the first set of episodes to fill out the span of time reasonably.
↑ 73.073.173.2In Guardians of the Galaxy, the peace treaty signed between the Nova and Kree empires is described as "recent" by a news reporter on August 1, 2014 (see other references). At a stretch, this would place the signing of the treaty three months before the events of the film. Taking a weighted average, the treaty would be signed on approximately June 8, 2014.
Ronan is said to have defected from the Kree Empire as a result of the treaty, joining Thanos' army and eventually attacking the planet Kylos, during which Drax the Destroyer's wife and child were killed. Ronan can be taken to have defected on the same day as the treaty, using that as the earliest possible day for the Massacre of the Kylosians. After the massacre, Drax received 22 counts of murder and 5 counts of grievous bodily harm, so he likely would not have been arrested less than one week before the film's events, so July 25, 2014 can be taken as an absolute maximum. This would place the Kylosian massacre on June 15, 2014. For full calculations, see here.
↑In Devils You Know, Rosalind Price states that Shane and Lori Henson have lived in their apartment for "the last 18 months" on December 7, 2015 (see 2015 references). This can either refer to "exactly 18 months ago," so June 7, 2014, or the more vague "during June 2014." A weighted average, putting more weight on the more specific, would result in the Hensons moving to Los Angeles approximately around June 9, 2014.
↑ 76.076.1Through Runaways it is said that PRIDE sacrificed someone to Jonah once a year for 15 years (Fifteen: "One a year for 15 years", Hostile: "You ever notice that every year one of your young parishioners goes missing?", "Same time of year, every year", Last Rites: "One a year"), resulting in fifteen sacrifices (Fifteen: fifteen names are listed, Kingdom: "Fifteen kids have died in this room", Doomsday: "How could you murder fifteen kids?", Last Rites: "Like you killed fifteen runaways"). Fifteen annual sacrifices would amount in fact to 14 years start to finish, and with the last one in December 2017 (see 2017 references), that would make the first sacrifice around 2003. However, there is evidence for 15 + years of sacrifices, not 14 years. In Fifteen, it is said they have taken runaways for "over 15 years". In Doomsday it is said that PRIDE has had a grip on the parents' "lives for the last 15 years". As well as this, Season 3 suggests there was in fact a further sacrifice (Smoke and Mirrors: "I only sacrificed seventeen innocent kids" (including Andre Compton, which the previous counts did not), Rite of Thunder: "She helped murder seventeen teenagers", Enter The Dreamland: "We are the seventeen"). Plus "one a year for 15 years" could be taken as "one a year, and we've been doing that for 15 years" rather than "one a year fifteen times, amounting to 15 years". So, it would seem overall that yes, the sacrifices started around 15 years before 2017, not 14. This, then, would make the first sacrifice 2002. However, in Doomsday, a flashback to "fifteen years ago" before December 2017, set shortly after the first sacrifice. While this would align with 2002, Nico Minoru is shown to be a baby only about 3-4 months old. With Nico born around January 2001 (see other references), this would make it roughly April-May 2001. Amy Minoru is also shown to be about 2½. With Amy born around December 1998 (see 1990s references), this would make it roughly mid-2001. Given this, and the lack of flexibility to the children's ages, particularly baby Nico, then the latest this scene can be is June 2001. So, taking this latest possible time, the "fifteen years ago" must be taken to be a rounding from 16 years, and the first sacrifice, Brooks Watten, must also be moved from 2002 to June 2001. With the Metamorphosis flashback to "fifteen years ago" of the Wilders getting their house set not long before this and particularly given it is also stretched already to 16 years prior, but enough time to get Brooks Watten, it can be assumed that Watten did not undergo 6 months at the Church of Gibborim like the other Runaways, and was procured in May 2001, with the house scene set that same month. With it said in Hostile that the sacrifices are the "same time of year, every year", it should be assumed that almost all the sacrifices were in early December, like the one on December 4, 2015 (see 2015 references) and the one on December 8, 2017 (see 2017 references), so likely the Friday closest to December 6th. With fourteen sacrifices prior to Destiny Gonzalez and not including Brooks Watten, the second sacrifice would therefore, however, be 14 years prior in December 2003, 2½ years after the first. Given Jonah deteriorates over a year, it should be taken that there were never two sacrifices more than 18 months apart. So, it may be taken that the second sacrifice was in fact December 2002, the third June 2004, and then the fourth December 2005, with the fourth to sixteenth (Gonzalez) all being annually in December from 2005 to 2017, and the first few negligible enough to be discounted in the statement of "same time of year, every year". Fifteen names, up to and including Gonzalez, are shown in Fifteen, meaning there is a bonus sacrifice not listed on the computer somewhere between Brooks Watten and Destiny Gonzalez, making them between the second and fifteenth sacrifice, so it may be guessed that they were the eighth/ninth. To decide which, taking halfway between June 2001 and December 2017, it would have been roughly late 2009, making it closer to the eighth sacrifice than the ninth. So, it may have been taken to have been the eighth. Therefore, overall, the sacrifices were: Brooks Watten June 2001, Adam Cooper December 6, 2002, Jamie Baxter June 8, 2004 (halfway between December 6, 2002 and December 9, 2005), Tim Bennett December 9, 2005, Xavier Marquez December 8, 2006, Karly Scolari December 7, 2007, James Braswyck December 5, 2008, unknown runaway December 4, 2009, Anthony Rocha December 3, 2010, Kim Hwang December 9, 2011, Bridget Bynum December 7, 2012, John Donahue December 6, 2013, Emily Wong December 5, 2014, Yvonne Taylor December 4, 2015, Brian Geparhart December 9, 2016, and finally Destiny Gonzalez (failed sacrifice) December 8, 2017 and Andre Compton December 11, 2017 (see 2017 references). Adam Cooper to Destiny Gonzalez would have been taken 6 months in advance.
↑ 79.079.179.279.3In All Souled Out, flashbacks of Misty Knight and Rafael Scarfe are shown, seemingly to roughly the year before Luke Cage: Season 1, so 2014. In the second flashback, Scarfe mentions a New York Mets game being on. The middle of the 2014 season by date was June 29/30, 2014, the middle of the 2014 season by game number was June 28/29, 2014, so overall, it can be approximated that this is scene is roughly June 29, 2014. The flashback before can be approximated to a week prior, June 22, 2014, and the flashback after can be approximated to a week after, July 6, 2014.
↑In Reunion, Chase Stein says he has been drinking at meetups since he "was 13". With Stein's date of birth dated to January 2001 (see 2000s references), the time when he was 13 would have been January 2014-January 2015, so we can approximate him beginning drinking as the midpoint, July 2014.
↑ 88.088.188.288.3In Black Widow, an opening montage shows several scenes of the Red Room training girls, including Natasha Romanoff, and operating through history, which is implied to be occurring after Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova were separated on September 6, 1995 (see other references) and before the beginning of the 2016 events of the movie on June 25, 2016 (see 2016 references).
The first collection of scenes is of a braid receiving a bow, a group of girls being brainwashed by cartoons, and a group of girls ice skating. In the ice skating scene, the girls appear to be roughly middle school age, and can be taken to be approximately 12.5 years old. This scene can therefore be approximated to when Romanoff was 12.5 years old, so approximately June 3, 1997. The scenes with the braid and the cartoons can therefore be distributed between Romanoff and Belova being separated and the ice skating scene, so on April 7, 1996 and November 8, 1996, respectively.
The montage also features two shots of girls marching, one of which is when they are roughly middle school age and can be taken to be approximately 13 years old, so on December 3, 1997.
The second shot of girls marching, two shots of girls preparing weapons, a group of soldiers in a drum line, and Dreykov watching a group of girls fire at targets occur in the movie when the girls are roughly high school age. Similarly, Black Widow Prelude features a scene of a group of high school age girls doing ballet and one of Romanoff firing at a target. These can be distributed throughout the years in which Romanoff was 14 through 18 years old, placing the comic firing scene on September 19, 1998, the second marching shot on April 1, 1999, the first shot of girls preparing weapons on November 16, 1999, the ballet scene on February 13, 2001, the drum line on September 30, 2001, and the second shot of girls preparing weapons on May 16, 2002.
Two scenes, one from Black Widow Prelude, and several flashback scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron, both featuring Romanoff being nervous for her graduation ceremony, can be placed near the ceremony. The ceremony itself can be taken to be when Romanoff was 21, analogous to a college graduation, so May 27, 2005. Similarly, Black Widow has two scenes in which the girls are in their early twenties: one of a group of girls doing ballet, and one of a girl doing gymnastics. These scenes can be distributed between January 1, 2003, the year Romanoff turned 20, and May 27, 2005, approximately when she would graduate. This would place the Black Widow ballet scene on May 6, 2003, the gymnastics scene on September 8, 2003, the Avengers: Age of Ultron ballet flashback on May 15, 2004, the scene of Romanoff pretending to lose on September 17, 2004, Romanoff shooting on January 20, 2005.
The montage in Black Widow then features several members of the Black Widows being spotted throughout the world, starting with Romanoff, as well as shots of a Widow putting on a Widow's Bite and a belt, and a group of Widows lining up. These scenes can be placed between the graduation and the 2016 events in Morocco on June 18, 2016 (see 2016 references), while ensuring that Romanoff's scene is before January 1, 2008, when she defected from the Red Room and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. (see 2000s references). This would place Romanoff's scene on December 25, 2006, and the rest on July 24, 2008, February 21, 2010, September 21, 2011, and April 20, 2013. A scene in this montage which is attached to this last scene can then be placed to the last day, April 20, 2013. The scene with the Widow putting on her belt and accessory, as well as the Widows marching, can then be placed on November 18, 2014.
Three scenes from the montage feature Dreykov influencing two political events, as well as a shot of him watching his monitors. The two scenes of him influencing political events must be before Dreykov is thought dead in January 2008, and can therefore be distributed between then and Romanoff and Belova being separated. This places the first scene on October 14, 1999 and the second on November 22, 2003.
Two events are mentioned to have happened during this period of time in The Avengers: Romanoff killing people in São Paulo and another instance of her setting a hospital on fire. These can be distributed between Romanoff's graduation and her defection, and can therefore be placed on April 8, 2006 and February 18, 2007, respectively. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes describes an incident involving Romanoff which is described as having occurred "long before [Romanoff] defected to S.H.I.E.L.D.." This can therefore be taken to have happened within the first half of the time between graduation and defection, so on approximately January 19, 2006.
Black Widow Prelude features a scene of Romanoff looking over New York City after joining S.H.I.E.L.D.. This would likely occur within a month of Romanoff joining S.H.I.E.L.D., so in approximately February 2008.
The montage goes on to feature several clips of Melina Vostokoff's experiments being conducted, beginning with someone reading the information which Alexei Shostakov had stolen, a scene of pigs being studied, and a failed surgery. Later in the movie, Belova mentions that Romanoff was not subject to Vostokoff's chemical mind control, meaning that the experiment was completed after Romanoff defected and before the events in Morocco, so on approximately April 9, 2012. The person reading the stolen information can be approximated to the day after it was received, so September 6, 1995. The remaining scenes can be distributed between then and the completion of the experiment, placing the pigs on December 22, 2003 and the failed surgery on February 14, 2008.
Finally, a group of scenes of war and a scene of a person sewing a Black Widow logo onto a piece of cloth are shown. These can be distributed throughout Romanoff and Belova being separated and the first scene and the events in Morocco, resulting in each conflict happening on July 26, 1997, June 16, 1999, May 6, 2001, March 27, 2003, February 14, 2005, January 5, 2007, November 25, 2008, October 16, 2010, and September 5, 2012, and the sewing scene on July 27, 2014.
↑ 91.091.191.291.391.4In Avengers: Endgame, 2014 events are shown simultaneous to the events of Guardians of the Galaxy. With the 2023 Avengers making no impacts of significance until Rhodes knocks out Quill, the events of the film up to that point can be taken to play out essentially identically in that universe. Similarly, events such as the attack on Korbin and some previously unseen moves of Quill's, shown only in Avengers: Endgame, are unaffected by the 2023 Avengers' actions, so can be taken to have also happened in the main universe.
↑ 93.093.1At least a few days must have passed between the Battle of Xandar and the conversation between Star-Lord and Irani Rael, because the Guardians' wounds are completely healed, and the Milano has been rebuilt.
↑In S.O.S. Part One, Ward says that Palamas endured "months of torture and mind control." She is freed when Whitehall dies on the reasoned date of March 31, 2015, and the reasoned date for her torture beginning is September 18, 2014, which fits as 6½ months.
↑In the Marvel Television Live Auction Lot #503: New York Nine Newspaper Clipping, it is stated that "Elle Québec put Bouchard on the cover of its August issue", which was the 2014 August issue, suggesting this article was released between July 29, 2014 (the release of the August 2014 issue) and July 2015, for "August issue" to refer to August 2014. It then says, "Bouchard, who turned 20 in February." Eugenie Bouchard turned 20 in February 2014, suggesting this article is from between March 1, 2014 (for "February" to refer to February 2014) and December 31, 2014 (January/February 2015 would likely make it "last February"). Finally, the Eugenie Bouchard-Shelby Rogers tennis match is referenced, from August 6, 2014. Overall, it should be from between August 6, 2014 and December 31, 2014, suggesting approximately October 2014. October 15, 2014 would make the most sense, being the anniversary of the 1987 game news story included in the paper - reprinting it for a "this day in history"-type segment.
↑ 99.099.199.299.399.499.599.6In several instances, such as here and here, James Gunn is quoted as saying that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set 2 months after the end of Guardians of the Galaxy (with the latter also confirming it is set in "2014," which is corroborated in the film by the "1980" on-screen date, followed by "34 years later"). Here it is quoted as "a couple months" after, which implies about 2⅓ months. Here it is quoted as "3 months." Collecting all of these, the average is around 2⅓ months later. The end scene of Guardians of the Galaxy is dated as August 8, 2014, so 2⅓ months later is October 18, 2014. As for when the film is "set" - this could either reference when it picks up at the beginning, or when the middle of the film is set. The beginning of the film is the afternoon of the film's 1st day, and the middle of the film is the morning of the film's 3rd day, so the best day to assign the October 18, 2014 date to is the 2nd day, therefore meaning the film starts on October 17, 2014.
↑In Principia, Werner von Strucker says to Dr. Levi Van Kempen on Saturday, December 16, 2017 (see 2017 references), "April, your daughter. Just turned 3 [...] 6 weeks ago, during our Tuesday session [...] your wife called [...] April had a fever, 103.2. All those kids at the parties, a lot of germs." This would have occurred on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, and the implication is that this would be the day after April's party, making that October 30, 2017 and therefore implying that she turned 3 on October 30, 2017, making her date of birth October 30, 2014.